Q:

What do people in Spain eat?

A:

Quick Answer

Spanish cuisine is largely based on local seafood and rice dishes, although there is a very wide variety of other dishes. There are three main divisions: Mediterranean, Inner and Atlantic Spain. Each division has its own unique dishes.

Continue Reading
What do people in Spain eat?
Credit: Pug Girl CC-BY 2.0

Full Answer

In Mediterranean Spain, it's common to eat seafood, rice dishes like paella and cold soups like gazpacho. In Inner Spain, thick, hearty soups and stews are common. Castilian soup is a popular option made from bread and garlic. Foods like ham and cheese are often conserved by salting or storing them in olive oil. In Atlantic Spain, cured ham is a popular choice, as well as stews made from local vegetables and seafood. Cod, albacore and anchovies are some of the most frequently eaten fish in this region.

In Spain, it is customary to eat multiple meals throughout the day, with breaks for walking in between. A typical Spanish breakfast consists of strong, frothy coffee, toast with jam or cheese, and hot milk and crackers. Before lunch, Spanish people eat tapas, which are small finger foods. Lunch is the largest meal of the day, and typical items include soup with ingredients such as vegetables, seafood, potatoes, beans, pasta or rice. Bread is always a staple with lunch. Before dinner, common snacks include bread, cured meats, sausages and chocolate. Dinners often include seafood, lamb, chicken, fried potatoes and rice.

Learn more about Cultures & Traditions

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are characteristics of British people?

    A:

    According to a 2014 questionnaire conducted by the British Council, British people are most recognized for their good manners, sense of humor, love of alcohol, pride in their country and unappetizing cuisine. People complained in the survey that the British are also ignorant of cultures outside their own and are intolerant of non-British people. Alternatively, they are considered to be friendly, well-educated and law-abiding.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What food do they eat in the Philippines?

    A:

    White rice is the focal point of the majority of Filipino dishes, with various additions including herbs, sauces, local vegetables, seafood and meat. Because they can be used in many ways, corn, bread and noodles are also used frequently.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What kind of food do Japanese people eat?

    A:

    Japanese people eat many kinds of food, but popular choices are white rice, miso soup and pickled vegetables alongside fish or meat. Ramen noodles in a bento is characteristic of lunch. Some dishes in Japanese cuisine include sushi, rice balls, oden and tempura.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why is Spain famous?

    A:

    Spain is famous for its expansive history, Castilian architecture, unique cuisine, flamenco dance and bull fighting. The country has an ancient history with influences from the Moor and Roman empires, making Spain one of the most heavily multicultural countries on earth.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore